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Lawrence County Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Resigns

For Immediate Release - Lawrence County Memorial Hospital announced today that Douglas Florkowski has submitted his letter of resignation as Chief Executive Officer.

Florkowski, who has been CEO at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital in Lawrenceville, Illinois, for 11 years, will continue his role until July 14.

"During his nearly 11 year tenure as Chief Executive Officer, our hospital has expanded medical services, constructed new facilities, and attained a high level of both medical and business professionalism.  Theses are the foundation upon which our service to the community and financial stability are built.  Our Board is grateful for his integrity, dedication, and professionalism which has guided our hospital to where we now are," stated LCMH Board Chairman Carl Aten.  "There will always be regret when a relationship at this level ends, but also we understand Doug's desire to further his career.  He will leave with the utmost sincere appreciation and best wishes for himself and the Florkowski family."

Aten went on to state, "With this change there is an inevitable concern about the future.  Our Board has known for some time that Doug was considering a new position.  We have been in discussion with QHR management and the mechanism for securing a new CEO has already been placed in motion.  During the intervening time an interim CEO will be appointed.  A national search is being conducted to fill the vacancy.  Our hospital has attained the ability to attract highly desirable candidates.  We anticipate the position will be filled in a relatively short period of time."

Among his many accomplishments in Lawrenceville, Florkowski oversaw development and construction of a new medical clinic, surgical expansion and also successfully recruited several providers to the hospital's medical staff.

"This is a very difficult decision.  I have grown to care very deeply for the extraordinary people of Lawrence County,"  Florkowski stated.  "I am forever grateful to the LCMH Board, LCMH Medical Staff, LCMH employees and the wonderful, lifelong friends that we have made over the past eleven years.  I wish nothing but the best for LCMH and this community."

Florkowski earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from State University at New York.  He's a strong supporter of community programs and has served as the past president of the Rotary Club of Lawrence County, as well as serving on the board of directors for the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network, the Lawrence County Industrial Council and Lawrence County Workforce Development.

Concerns, Complaints, or Grievances?

It is Lawrence County Memorial's policy to provide an effective and timely process for all patients, family members, and visitors to voice concerns, complaints, or grievances. Your comfort, satisfaction, and safety are very important to us and we hope to meet all of your needs while at our facility. However, if you or any of your family members have any concern, please let us know by calling our Risk Manager at 618-943-7258.

We encourage you to immediately address all concerns with us so that we may promptly resolve the matter; however, you also have the right to contact the Illinois Foundation for Quality Health Care at 800-647-8089.

2017 Food Service Sanitation Managers Course


August 10th
October 12th
December 11th
 
FOR ALL CLASSES
8:00 A.M.—4:30 P.M. (1/2 hour lunch)
Includes certifying exam at end of course. Cost is $85 which includes class materials and exam.  Additional $35 is required later to obtain state certificate.

Conference Room---Primary Care Clinic
Lawrence County Memorial Hospital

2111 Lexington Ave.

Instructor: Madonna Boehl, RD LDN, Dietary Consultant

For questions and/or to register: Contact instructor/call 618-592-4345 or 618-562-3556 OR email at:  mboehlconsulting@gmail.com . You may also leave name & number with Lawrence County Memorial Hospital Food & Nutrition Department at 943-7234

Volunteer

Volunteers are an important element within Lawrence County Memorial Hospital. While providing community services, volunteers often touch the lives of others during difficult times.

There are many opportunities for you to use your special skills and abilities while experiencing new and exciting challenges. Volunteers meet new friends and learn first-hand about the care the Health System provides to the communities it serves.

For information about becoming a volunteer at LCMH, please contact us at 943-1000.

To become a volunteer, fill out an application at the hospital.

Once your application is processed, a hospital representative will contact you with information about opportunities available based on your schedule and interests.

Proxy Medical Consent Form

A Proxy Medical Consent Form should be completed and a copy left with anyone, other than the parents, who are caring for children under 18.
Examples would be:
  • Parents are going out of town for the weekend and the children are staying with grandparents.
  • Parents are going out of town and leaving children with a sibling who is over 18 years of age.
By signing, and having a witness sign, you authorize those persons listed in the permission section to have your children treated, and you realize that you will be billed for the services.

It is always important to have medical history, including allergies, when treatment is needed.

To access the form for printing, click here.

Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Update

Several factors have influenced LCMH's decision to transition from paper to electronic health records (EHR). Most of these factors have emerged from federal requirements. The purpose of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 was to encourage the adoption of EHR and infuse stimulus dollars into the healthcare sector. Part of the ARRA is the Health Information Technology (HITECH) Act which requires that providers electronically submit data on clinical quality to the federal government.

Additionally, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule of minimum requirements (Meaningful Use) needed to qualify for incentive payments. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued the standards and certification criteria to ensure systems perform the required functions.

Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments are available to Critical Access Hospitals who demonstrate Meaningful Use of EHR technology. Likewise, there are payment penalties for those who are not certified meaningful users by 2015.

LCMH reached the first stage of these federally mandated levels. Great efforts to complete this process in a timely manner in order to receive incentive payments and prevent revenue loss from payment penalties.

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